Many schools block YouTube. I understand why. While you can find all sorts of great videos, you can also find very inappropriate things. But have no fear–you can use many tools to download those videos. First and foremost–check the Copyright on the videos. Many are released under Creative Commons, but many are still subject to Copyright, so please make sure you check that!
Recently, the Lifehacker blog shared DownloadTube (http://lifehacker.com/5667809/downloadtube-is-a-one+click-youtube-conversion-and-download-site?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+lifehacker/full+(Lifehacker)). While at first glance, it looks GREAT, one gaping problem is it leaves a huge watermark on the video. Epic fail! I use a great site, Media Converter (http://www.mediaconverter.org/). You can create an account, but you can also download individual videos on the fly, without an logon.
The interface is pretty easy. You take the YouTube link, put it in the box, and in a few minutes, you download the video from a link. Easy! Pretty good quality videos as well.
Recently read a good article (click here) on how your Android phone can replace 100+ pounds of devices. You can definitely do that, and I wanted to share what I do with my EVO.
1. Flashlight. I got this app when upgrading my EVO to Froyo. At first I thought what a silly idea. Well, after making my way through some new construction at work, construction in a data closet with no lights, I changed my mind. It uses the LCD flash lights from the camera, and it is definitely pretty bright.
2. GPS. With the built in GPS, and two apps, Sprint Navigation and Google Navigation. I used a Garmin GPS for a number of years, but always had to keep up with it. With my EVO, I bought a car mount that suctions to the windshield. The maps are brand new, none of the ‘recalculating’ I used with the old GPS, and it ties in with Google. At least Google Nav does, which is a superior product compared to Sprint’s product.
3. Music Player/MP3. Yup, you can load music to your phone, I load it to the SD Card. I tried one of the exercise/beats per minute apps, which I am still working out, but you can play music through your phone, either songs you load or using something like Pandora. Which I use often.
4. Camera/Video Camera. 8 MP camera. Yeah, much better than my Canon, and much less bulky to carry around.
Lots of other uses too…but those are my top four. Look at that–you can probably save about 20 pounds right there. I just grab my phone, slide it in my belt pouch, and good to go!
October arrives, and we know it, not because of the cooler days, the leaves falling, or the pumpkins. No, we know October arrives because of the newest Ubuntu version. This October marks 10.10, which was released on 10.10.10, Maverick Meerkat. This release does not offer a lot of cool new features, but especially on the netbook version, you will find some new things.
The biggest change is the Unity Interface for the Ubuntu Netbook Remix.
Definitely a step in the right direction. I almost think this could replace my personal need for the dock on the left side. Left-handedness, I guess. I do the same thing with Windows 7 and RocketDock. So with all the Ubuntu netbooks our school has, I will probably work toward replacing the old interface with Unity as we upgrade OS. Will probably work well on eeePCs.
Besides that, not too many new changes in 10.10. They replaced FSpot, the image organizer, with Shotwell. Lots of comments on this, most saying Shotwell contains a lot of great features, but does not seem ready for primetime yet. You will also find some changes with the Ubuntu One integration and the notification system. As I reviewed in a previous post, Ubuntu One can come to your mobile device and Windows machine now. I see more of that coming.
Just another good, sturdy release. Many bugfixes, which, while not reportable, definitely help continue to bring Linux on the desktop to more computers. Next up, the Narwhal, Ubuntu’s 11.04 version due out in March, 2011.
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